07/27/12

Insects and other foods the trout should be eating:
Hatching:
1.    BWOs (Eastern)
2.    Green Sedges (Caddisflies)
3.    Cream Cahills
4.    Little Yellow Stoneflies (Little Summer Stones)
5.    Slate Drakes
6.    Little Green Stoneflies

Most available/ Other types of food:
7.    Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)
8.    Inch Worm (moth larva)
9.    Beetles
10.  Grasshoppers
11.  Ants

The Cost of Fly Fishing?
I can't help but get a little bent out of shape when someone complains about the cost of fly fishing. I'm not
referring to the cost of flying to a small airport somewhere in wonderland, staying in the local resort and
tipping a guide out of school for the summer a few hundred bucks to oar a drift boat. I'm referring to the cost
of things ranging from the fly up the line through the guides of the rod to the fly reel. Right now, you don't
need a pair of Simms waders and a patch kit. You would burn up as soon as you stepped out of your air
conditioned SUV.

Surely, those that do complain haven't ever taken up bass fishing. Keep in mind there are many more of
them than those that use the long rod. You can rig out with a few Sage rods, some custom made bamboos,
custom painted fly reels, and the most expensive drift boat you can buy and it won't come to half the cost of
a 18 foot bass boat and motor. The other tackle, gear, etc., can be just as costly as the fly gear. Oh, I
almost forgot the gas for that 200-300 HP outboard.

Now understand,
bass fishing is typically referred to as blue collar fishing. These guys don't fit in with
the wall street guys, doctors and lawyer crowd. They are more inclined to have a larger size "bikini" boat
that gets into the six digit figures. I'm not referring to the guys with the big boats that spend six digits on
maintenance, a captain and a mate on top of a few mil for the boat. I'm just referring to the guys with a
million dollar credit line or less. What I'm referring to are the saltwater anglers that fish from a boat. You can
get by cheap by chartering one for a few hundred a day but if you want you own boat, you will find out the
cost of a few Orvis bamboo fly rods isn't anything. The cheapest flats boats run around thirty grand.

You guys that wet wade the small streams of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park don't know how
good you have it. Short of sitting on the side of the road with a cane pole and a earth worm you dig
yourself, and there's nothing wrong with that, fly fishing for trout is dirt cheap.

How are the Companies that make and sell Boats Doing?
Let me give you a true update of the situation. The boating industry used to be dominated by two main  
companies - Brunswick and Genmar. Genmar doesn't exist any longer. They filed bankruptcy. Their brands
are slowly, slowly trying to come back under a new name.

Brunswick survived and is slowly, slowly recovering but to do so they had to get rid of many of their boat
brands during the past two or three years. They shut down operation of 17 or their 28 plants some of which
(by the way) are in Tennessee. After three straight years of losses that came to almost 1.5 billion,
Brunswick Corp. is now managing a very slim stay alive profit. Their stock is up to around $20.00 from a low
of around 2 dollars a share in late 2008. Are they doing good? Well, they lost 30 million in the 4th quarter of
201l, so you figure it out. Keep in mind they are not only involved with boats, they have revenue from other
things like big round black balls or my guess is they wouldn't exist. I hope all the people they laid off have
found a job.

I was proud of having run my own small businesses for over thirty years
until recently. I was informed by
our President that I didn't build the companies I owned. Heck, I didn't even build the road I used to get to
work on, although it was actually build by another small business - a lowly road building contractor that went
broke in the early 1970's mainly due to slow pay during that recession by the State/Federal government.
No, Sir. I didn't build that road. I just helped pay for it. I sure didn't build or run Smoky Mountains National
Park. I just pay those that do. I'm just a stupid, low life small business man that relies solely on the
government.
Copyright 2012 James Marsh